The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. NOFA/Mass welcomes everyone who cares about food, where it comes from and how it’s grown

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The Power of Small

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This article comes from the NOFA/Massachusetts 2019 September Issue Newsletter

By Suzy Konecky, NOFA/Mass Development Director

Being a small nonprofit gives us many strengths. Our small staff allows us to know each other well and build meaningful relationships with our collaborators. Our small central infrastructure (an office at Many Hands Organic Farm) and remote staff gives us flexibility and connections to all parts of the state. Our fearless Executive Director, Julie Rawson, is able to be involved in all facets of our work from on-farm workshops to policy and communications. We are nimble, can respond to farmers' needs quickly and efficiently, and can operate a lean yet effective organization. We would never want to grow into a big clunky organization. 

Despite all the power and wonder that comes along with being a small organization, it is not without challenges. Our priority is keeping our organization accessible while also bringing in enough money to keep operating at our high level throughout the year. Compared with larger nonprofits, we only have a few part-time people raising money for the organization. That said, there are hundreds of people every year who make donations to NOFA/Mas because they know the importance and effectiveness of our small organization. They know how much of a difference we make in the lives of farmers, gardeners, landscapers, and consumers around Massachusetts and the region. They believe in our policy initiatives and are eager to see the Healthy Soils Bill pass in the Massachusetts legislature. They understand that on-farm carbon proxy testing will enable farmers to take better care of their soil and sequester more carbon. If you're reading this newsletter, you're probably one of those people who has either benefitted from our work or knows someone who has. 

This year will be our 8th annual fundraiser 5K walk/run in November. This event has become our largest single fundraising event of the year. Last year we received over $17,000 in donations from 290 generous individuals. This year our goal is to raise $20,000, which we know we can do if everyone steps up. Right now we are looking for people who want to run/walk with us in the 5K and for people to support the efforts of the other walkers and runners. To learn more about this important fundraiser for NOFA/Mass, check out our website. To make a contribution to this fundraiser, or to sign up to join us and walk or run, check out our fundraiser page.

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